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Without looking it up, would you know how to pronounce the Vietnamese surname "Nguyen"?



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17Yes
13No
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Iseult
posted 5-Sep-2011 2:58pm  
En-why-en?
jen Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 5-Sep-2011 3:06pm  
my friend pronounced her name new-when
LJD
posted 5-Sep-2011 6:31pm  
No
Galomorro
posted 5-Sep-2011 7:29pm  
No.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 5-Sep-2011 7:44pm  
I should know. A friend of mine with that name told me. But, I forgot. Maybe it's "nu-en" (guessing)?
Lysannus
posted 6-Sep-2011 4:57am  
I have known a few with that name and it did surprise me the first time I saw it spelled.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 6-Sep-2011 10:37am  
Yes, although I'm sure I never actually pronounce it quite right since I have an American accent.
cerealkiller
posted 6-Sep-2011 2:02pm  
Win
gambler
posted 6-Sep-2011 3:10pm  
Win..............and this is only because I watch poker and there are some great Vietnamese poker players such as

Scotty Nguyen, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Minh Nguyen, Thu Nguyen et al apparently this name is like smith, brown in the US/UK
FordGuy
posted 7-Sep-2011 2:16pm  
Yes, that is the last name of one of my customers.
cloudhugger
posted 7-Sep-2011 9:33pm  
Ngo.
Zang
posted 10-Sep-2011 3:38pm  
It's gotta be more common than "Smith". I've lost count of the number of people I've known over the years named "Nguyen".

If you don't know how to pronounce it, you might be surprised that it only has one syllable. Phonetically, it sounds like "Nwin".
Zang
posted 10-Sep-2011 3:40pm  
LindaH
posted 10-Sep-2011 10:22pm  
No. That does make me wonder, though, about foreign names. We have a lot of Samoans here, and you might know, they have really long last names. I never wondered how to pronounce them until just now.

I know that when I hear them on the police scanner, they always pronounce them with a question mark upswing at the end, like they are as unsure as I am.
CarlHalling
posted 11-Sep-2011 3:16am  
No, but I'd have a go at doing so.
Liss
posted 13-Sep-2011 3:42pm  
I'd go for Goo-yen, with that wincey-I'm-sorry-for-being-Western look on my face.
JessicaWoman99
posted 14-Sep-2011 3:31pm  
No I have no idea how to say this
Irene007
posted 16-Sep-2011 3:33am  
Yes, it's NEW-YEN but when I first encountered it; I didn't know how to pronounce it - like everybody else didn't...
Irene007
(reply to Zang) posted 16-Sep-2011 3:38am  
> It's gotta be more common than "Smith". I've lost count of the number
> of people I've known over the years named "Nguyen".
>

That's 'cause you live in Hongcouver!

> If you don't know how to pronounce it, you might be surprised that
> it only has one syllable. Phonetically, it sounds like "Nwin".

In Quebec, it has 2 distinct syllables - New-Yen. The difference must be the regional accents... smiley:::wink

Zang
(reply to Irene007) posted 17-Sep-2011 10:14am  
I think the Vietnamese say it the same way everywhere. smiley:::poker face
Irene007
(reply to Zang) posted 17-Sep-2011 2:08pm  
Probably but I'm talking about the local people here, struggling to pronounce those names!
BeachBum
posted 25-Sep-2011 3:54am  
Nguyen was a leader's name we often heard on network news during the war. Only three networks back then, so the nightly news was of much more importance.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
posted 1-Oct-2011 10:39am  
win
docgbrown
posted 11-Oct-2011 6:19pm  
Yes, I've had a lot of Vietnamese friends. With surnames you have to read the name and smash them together into ONE syllable without reading it again to get it mostly right.
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